The entire Navarro ISD community began collecting items
and donations long before the game at Navarro’s Erwin Lee
Field. By the time the game rolled around, the Navarro students had a special surprise for their opponents from Refugio.
At halftime, Refugio High School Principal Brandon Duncan was greeted at midfield by Navarro ISD Superintendent Dee
Carter, district board members, and students, who presented
Duncan with a check for approximately $5,000 and a megaphone filled with donations for Refugio High School player
Casey Henderson, who was seriously injured in a prior game.
“You can’t really describe it,” Duncan said. “It’s overwhelm-
ing, the amount of support we’ve gotten, the amount of dona-
tions, people offering to bring temporary housing. The town of
Geronimo and Navarro ISD and what they have done and the
gifts that we received, words can’t explain how thankful we are
But the community’s support didn’t stop there. The Na-
varro hosts also fed members of the Refugio High School band
and football team.
“When we realized we were playing Refugio at home, we
just thought it would be a nice gesture to feed the kids,” said
Navarro High School biology teacher Rissa Springs. “It just
kind of blew up from there. All of the food has been donated
by people in the community. We are a community of people
Prior to the game, a group of Navarro’s “Panther Posse”
members journeyed to Refugio to deliver donations collected
just after the storm. Donations included everything from
money to personal items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste,
deodorant, shampoos, body wash, and personal care bags.
Refugio’s Duncan said the support of the Navarro commu-
nity was humbling, and if the shoe were on the other foot, he
knew that his district would do the same.
“We hope we don’t ever have to repay the favor, but if we
do, we are there for them,” he said. “For a school district to
open up its arms and accept another school they are playing on
a Friday night during football in Texas is overwhelming.”
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Caring from Conroe, Claude ISDs
When Conroe ISD student Ashley Reel saw the images of
devastation from Harvey, she decided to start a homecoming
dress drive to help affected students. What started as a simple
idea took off, with donations coming from all over the country.
“She wanted to do something that would make a difference
with her peers, and I thought that was pretty special,” Ashley’s
mother, Tammy, said.
Ashley posted her idea on Facebook, and the response was
incredible. Dresses came from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, and many other states—and from Germany.
People also sent shoes and accessories.
By early September, racks and racks of formal dresses—
2,000 dresses in all—crowded Reel’s living room.
“It just makes me happy helping everyone,” said Reel, a
freshman at Conroe ISD’s Oak Ridge High School.
In the Texas Panhandle, students at Claude ISD took a
direct route to determine how to help out—they called officials
at Port Aransas High School.
“‘What can we do for you guys? Do you need supplies?’”
Claude ISD student Callie Thornton recalled asking the folks in
Port Aransas. “(They) said, ‘We just need a morale booster.’”
Bosqueville ISD stu-
dents gather donated
school supplies for
delivery to students
in Austwell-Tivoli ISD
affected by Hurricane
Harvey. P h o